Marlins rumors: Miami talking to two teams about Yunel Escobar

Tom Szczerbowski

Just one day into baseball's annual Winter Meetings, the Marlins are actively shopping recently-acquired shortstop Yunel Escobar.

Though the Miami Marlins just acquired Yunel Escobar less than a month ago in Miami's blockbuster trade with the Toronto Blue Jays, it appears the Marlins are ready to move Escobar -- and his $5 million in salary.

Per Juan C. Rodriguez, the Marlins are engaged in talks with two other teams regarding Escobar. It's unknown what two teams the Marlins are negotiating with -- and it's also unknown what the Marlins are looking for in return -- but it's likely salary relief and prospects.

Escobar hit .253/.300/.344 through 145 games with the Blue Jays in 2012. Escobar drew just 35 walks and hit nine home runs. At the least, Escobar was an asset in the field, with an UZR/150 of 5.0.

Still, Escobar should draw a decent offer from at least one team. Escobar is just one year removed from batting .290/.369/.413, while posting an fWAR of 4.2 -- and four-win shortstops don't exactly grow on trees.

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